Dec 29, 2009
Mar 02, 2010
Back in town we walked down to the prison and took some photos of the main gates
. Across the road was a small museum which we went into that had items and exhibits from throughout the prisons history. It was originally built to house French POWs during the Napoleonic wars and then later was used for criminals. At one point in its history there was a mass riot but no one actually managed to escape. It was also a large prison farm for a while, but that has recently been closed and it is now just a low security rehabilitation prison.
After the prison museum we made our way back to the bus stop and after waiting in the cold wind for a while we were on our way back to Plymouth. Back in town we found a nice looking Indian restaurant and had dinner before heading back to our B&B and watching TV for the rest of the night.
Our second stop was actually out in the moors; the small town of Princetown which seems to exist solely to house HM Prison Dartmoor. A large, imposing and very bleak looking building that overshadows everything else in town. We were dropped off at the information centre where we asked about walks around town and into the moors. They set us off on a relatively short walk that lead up to a hilltop and gave good views over the town and into the surrounding lands. The trek wasn't too arduous, though sections of the ground were very muddy. Atop the hill was a few piles of rocks that we climbed and sat on too sit and talk and pray for while before heading back to town. Apart from being freezing, the weather wasn’t too bad. When the weather comes in and the mist covers over the fields, it would be quite a spooky and uninviting place to be.